Saturday, September 14, 2013
25 essential websites for indie artists looking to sell their music
Find out which one suits your band best.
You bought ProTools, Adobe Soundbooth, and Audacity to record your “Platinum Record.” You hired a film crew to film your music video but you have one problem: How do you sell it, or just put it out there to garner some traction? While you think that it may be easy to just upload your song to SoundCloud or your music video to YouTube, here are some sites you need to know about to get your music career off the ground.
Music Video Submission is a service that publishes your music video to closed circuit television stations, like the ones you find at the mall and some others. In addition to mall televisions, they publish to TV stations like MTV, BET, VH1, and Vevo, one of the largest online music video library. Prices are a bit pricey but that comes with a great reward.
Far and away, the best option for people is YouTube. You can make money from your videos, buy ads, interact with fans, and more. The site is very easy to use and pulls in over 178 million views a month.
You want to upload your music videos and get paid for it too? Blip.tv is a perfect way to do so. I don’t know much about the specifics regarding copyright, but if you are the type of artist who records original music and does so on a regular basis, this should be one of the best things tools you can have.
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Vimeo is the other YouTube. While YouTube is more mainstream in terms of views, Vimeo plays more to the artistic side of video. You have a music video you produced that you deem artistic, upload it to Vimeo where you may just catch someone’s eye. However, using a free account limits the amount of uploads, but there are paid account options.
For the up-and-comer. You want to promote yourself as a serious artist, Reverb Nation is one of the best places to do it. Not only can you put your music on there but music videos. This is best for catalog building or just resume building for when you want to book your shows.
Have a lot of time on your hands and are you willing to jump through tons of hoops? iTunes provides a stable platform for any indie musician, whether it’s for music or just music videos. On the plus side, you can charge for music videos so you can spread your music while recouping finances.
MetaCafe is home to thousands of videos and one of them could be your music video. Bringing in over 23 million page visits a month, MetaCafe isn’t pulling in numbers like YouTube, but the site provides things like making sure your video isn’t being copied. Yeah, if your video may have been copied and posted on the site, they shut it down.
While you can upload videos to DailyMotion, there aren’t a whole lot of options you have at your disposal. If your idea is to consistently upload music videos to your channel, you may want to look else where, but it won’t hurt.
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Hey, you’re an independent artist right? And the music videos you produce are independent, right? Muzu.tv is a perfect fit for you. You can upload your video to a community dead set on finding new, indie music. Plus, get paid via ad revenue.
While YouTube caps the length of your videos at 15 minutes, Veoh allows you to upload longer videos, if your artistic perspective forces you to reach that far. But the site is mainly for television watchers, so your music video would probably not garner enough attention.
Jay-Z did it with Holy Grail — he premiered the video on Facebook, rewriting the rules on how to distribute your music video. It should go without saying that Jay-Z already has how many hit albums? So, I would recommend not going this route but by all means. It doesn’t hurt.
The oddest choice for this list, but if you have a music video or want to produce a music video with childish humor, sophomoric antics, or it’s just plain funny, post it here. This may not be the strongest website to post it on but if your demographic is on par with Break’s, then go right ahead.
13. Ditto Music
Another aggregate for music distribution, Ditto Music places your music on iTunes and Amazon MP3, but there is an added benefit. Uploading you music to Ditto Music also heightens your chances to be listed on Billboard lists. Also, Ed Sheeran, Prince, and Sir Paul McCartney are members of this aggregate, so you know it works. Lastly, you get to 100% of your royalties and funds.
14. Sirius XM
On some channels on Sirius XM there are opportunities to distribute your music. For example, on morning show "Sway in the Morning on Shade 45," you can have one of your rap songs placed into the morning rotation. I’m unsure of how to get your songs onto other channels, but listening to your favorite station and checking out the website should be a great place to start.
Just like CD Baby, TuneCore allows artists to sell singles and albums for a small fee. Uploading a song costs $9.99, but you get to keep 100% of the royalties and funds from sales. Plus, they help place your music on multiple platforms like Amazon MP3, Spotify, Rhapsody and Myspace. Speaking of Myspace…
MySpace may seem dead in the water for those of you using Facebook, but let’s face facts: MySpace provides stable platform for starving artists. Many artists got a kickstart on MySpace including OneRepublic. What was thought to be dead, Justin Timberlake resuscitated it, providing a social networking site designed for indie and mainstream artists. Have your song heard and network with other artists.
17. CD Baby
After you’re done uploading your video to YouTube, why not sell a physical single or CD? Like iTunes for indie artists, there is a vast array artists joining everyday and many are profiting from CD sales and downloads. Not only that, but CD Baby offers the opportunity to sell your CD on Amazon.
18. Google Play
Google Play For Artists is a terrific service that combines the best things about SoundCloud and iTunes. If you have $25, then you can set up an account and upload an unlimited amount of original songs and albums. You can even set up the prices for each and you can recoup 70 percent of all profits. Not too shabby.
Have a ton of fans that want to pay for your music and want to wear T-shirts that don the name of your band? VibeDeck not only helps sell your music but you can also sell merchandise like shirts, posters, and mugs if you want to. You can set up the costs for your merch and songs, even shipping costs. Setting a profile costs anywhere between $10-30 a month.
20. Song Cast
It’s a service like Ditto Music. You upload music, fans by it, and you have a chance to be enrolled in platforms like iTunes, e-Music, and Spotify. Pay $9.99 for each song and $19.99 for each album but you keep 100% of royalties.
By setting up a free account, you can distribute your original songs for a fee. You make 90 percent of the royalties and you can even earn royalties for the video you upload to your YouTube channel. Your music will be released on national and international platforms.
22. Song Stall
Sell your music without the sophistication from some of the other aggregate sites on this list. Though setting up an account is free, Song Stall takes a cut of commission for every song and/or album sold.
While not totally a website devoted to selling music to consumers, you can still sell music to your fans, including merchandise. Set a page, like a mini store, and sell your music as digital downloads or shirts, posters and more. Plus, you get a service that’s backed up by artists like 50 Cent, Foo Fighters, Beck, and Bon Jovi.
Share your music with other artists and fans with a MySpace-like layout. Embed music onto your profile and sell your music on iTunes. However, some drawbacks exist like having to upload only WAV and AIFF audio files and being limited to only iTunes.
Want to build a reputation with your fans while also making some money? Slice The Pie can sell your music and you can recoup the funds. However, if you aren’t very popular, look to another aggregate as you need to have a loyal fanbase prior to seeing any sort of funds.
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